6 Movies, Based on Books, You Must See This Summer

    Because witnessing your favorite characters come to life is just about perfect.

    Believe it or not: There’s more to the season’s coming attractions than big action blockbusters. We’re talking cinema that unites legendary minds, like Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg, and debut authors seeing their characters come to life in the form of actors with perfect bone structure. We’ve selected quality storytelling poised to make its on-screen debut this summer.


    The BFG

    BFG
    Photo: Still from BFG. Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

    Widely considered the British dark humorist’s best work, Roald Dahl’s The BFG, a tale about a girl and her big friendly giant, is getting the on-screen treatment from not just any old filmmaker, but the rather legendary Steven Spielberg. One can expect a magical, effects-driven ride that will surely impress the younger set, but will display enough cinema verite and aplomb to enchant those actually purchasing the tickets.

    Premieres: July 1

    Download the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    The Infiltrator

    Infiltrator
    Photo: Still from Infiltrator. Courtesy of Good Films.

    At first read, the film’s title sounds like Marvel’s latest juggernaut, so we’ll let the subtitle do the talking: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. Yeah, now that sounds like a thrilling read/watch. The autobiography from Robert Mazur, the federal agent who spent five years as a mole in the drug lord’s crooked world, caught the attention of The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman, who then recruited Bryan Cranston to play Mazur. Should be quite the thrill.

    Premieres: July 15

    Get the book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

     

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    Tulip Fever

    Tulip Fever
    Photo: Still from Tulip Fever. Courtesy of Weinstein Company.

    An international bestseller that’s shelved in the romance section but would be just as at home with the thrillers, Deborah Moggach’s Tulip Fever blooms in 17th-century Holland and follows the forbidden romance of a painter and his wedded muse. Justin Chadwick, who’s no stranger to dramas featuring stunning beauties in corseted getups (The Other Boleyn Girl, anyone?), directs, while Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, and Christoph Waltz lead an outstanding cast.

    Premieres: July 15

    Download the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    Indignation

    Indignation
    Photo: Still from Indignation. Courtesy of Summit Entertainment.

    Author Philip Roth’s trademark wit and intellect are at play in his coming-of-age farce set against a Korean War backdrop. Following an indignant Jewish hero and the unstable gentile girl he’s infatuated with, the film Indignation stars the impossible-not-to-love Logan Lerman opposite Canadian beauty Sarah Gadon in a dialogue-driven drama with dry humor to spare. Having already screened this one at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, we can tell you that director James Schamus’ screen translation is one any novelist would be happy to call his own.

    Premieres: July 29

    Download the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    Into the Forest

    Into the Forest
    Photo: From the promotional poster for Into the Forest. Courtesy of Bron Studios.

    Jean Hegland’s debut page-turner about an unplugged techno-obsessed society revolves around a pair of teenage sisters surviving on tea bags and rancid cornmeal in the wilderness of Northern California. Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood play sisters Nell and Eva, though on-screen said “wilderness” is relocated to the wooded abyss that is Canada. Judging from the rousing reception at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we’re betting the rest plays out as Hegland has written.

    Premieres: July 29

    Download the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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    The Light Between Oceans

    Light Between the Oceans
    Photo: Still from Light Between the Oceans. Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures.

    We’re suckers for cinema that stars real-life couples. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander play a husband and wife who rescue a baby from an abandoned rowboat, though the messy aftermath of that decision is something you’ll have to see for yourself. Indie savant Derek Cianfrance, who made us weep with Blue Valentine, directs the adaptation of M. L. Stedman’s debut novel, so you can count on deft character development that will make you care for the leading pair – even as they betray each other.

    Premieres: September 2

    Download the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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